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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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IBM's Watson: Cognitive or Sentient?

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3 months ago

The singularity is near! Our smart phones and laptops will one day seem like the gadget equivalent of the horse-and-buggy compared to the machines we will rely on in the future. Jon Iwata, Senior VP of Marketing and Communications at IBM, stopped by Big Think’s studio to share the epic tale of ...

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Why You Must Pay Attention to Bad Vibes

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3 months ago

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans,” said John Lennon. The most important details in life can pass us by if we’re not careful. Noticing is a power that many of us fail to use. We’re too busy or obsessed with refreshing our inboxes. A little inner stillness and ...

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Uber’s Lessons in Risk Management

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3 months ago

Companies that can manage risk stand to have a significant advantage in the marketplace, says Karan Girotra, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, France’s leading business school. Unfortunately, risk is seen as a bad thing, as Girotra points out. Companies tend to shy away ...

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Why Being Nice to Others is Good for You

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3 months ago

Turns out that being nice to other people isn't just good for the recipients of your kindness. According to the latest research, people who are generous and altruistic reap a host of benefits from their behavior, from lower stress levels to happier relationships to reduced risk of heart disease ...

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The Health Benefits of Being Kind

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3 months ago

Being kind and volunteering one's time are selfish acts. Research has shown that helping others through volunteer work actually increases one's overall sense of well-being, including building emotional resilience and reducing stress levels. The effects are so powerful that volunteering is ...